Updated: Feb 13, 2020
Ever wonder why some companies like Google, Starbucks or Facebook are able to provide such fantastic work environments equipped with trendy offices, the latest gadgets, and incredible benefits for the staff?It’s because those business are designed to make money.
Shocker I know.
I recently met with a client that has been in business for nearly 40 years and he said it best
“No Margin = No Mission”
An entrepreneur can only grind it out for so long and “live in their parents basement, eating kraft dinner” before they run out of steam. A business without enough upside isn’t much of a business and often times leaves the owner in a self-perpetuated job.
Here are a few pointers to consider to help beef up your margins and your profits:
WORK PRICING ACCORDING TO VALUE YOU PROVIDE:
How long does it take for your client to recoup their investment in your product or service?
How does that compare to the industry?
Know how you differ from the competition.
Demonstrate your pricing as a function of savings or return on their investment in your product or service.
CROSS SELL & BUNDLE
You already have your clients attention and any new product or service you sell them cuts your cost of acquiring that customer.
What other complimentary product or service could they benefit from?
If you’re not cross selling you are missing out on one of the most powerful ways to introduce value add high margin products.
BUILD CLIENT ACQUISITION COSTS INTO YOUR DISTRIBUTION MODEL
You know what a client costs you to acquire.
Work this cost into your pricing, create an incentive program and work with your existing vendors and partners to expand to drive sales.
Many companies have consistent fixed costs so any significant boost in sales generally translates into a much healthier bottom line.
A healthy gross margin is a wonderful thing.
It allows you to create infrastructure and bring on a proper support system to service your clients and free you up to work on the business rather than always working within the business.
A strong gross margin allows you to scale, take on more business and create fantastic efficiencies within your company.
Best of all you’ll be on your way to building a business that others will want to buy.
Entrepreneurs get into business because they see a gap they are willing to fill. Whether it’s to be of service to people, improve upon an existing product or challenge how business is done.
Whatever the reason for your burning desire to start, build or expand a business; there needs to be enough margin to execute the mission.
KEY POINT: DREAMS DON'T PAY BILLS. FAT MARGINS DO.
Marcin has been instrumental in building several businesses including commercial & multi family real estate investment partnerships, a consulting practice and a smart home security business serving customers nationwide. Marcin has secured over $100MM in growth capital for various businesses and has collectively spoken in front of thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners, investors and those just starting to explore living life on their own terms. Outside the office Marcin can be found at the gym lifting heavy things or on the road zipping along on an extended bicycle ride.
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